Dear Lviv residents and guests of our city,
on May 16, 2017 we presented the results of the planning-process in terms of the reconstruction of Bandera-Street. This initiated an intensive dscussion e.g. in Facebook and in the local media.
With this letter we - as the coordinators of this planning-process- want to react on some of the most importent statements and questions that were raised:
- The solution was elaborated in the framework of the pilot-project "Street for All". Motivation for this ptoject is the fact that many citizens as well as experts see the need to improve street-planning in Lviv - in terms of technical- and design-solutions as well as in terms of procedures.
- The solution that was presented is a proposal. A final decision has to be taken by the responsible decision-makers.
- This proposal was elaborated in the framework of an intensive and transparent planning-process by involving all the relevant stakeholder-groups (residents, business-owners, representatives of public institutions in Bandera-Street, pedestrians, cyclists, users of public transport, car-drivers, disabled, parents with children) and by balancing the different interests. (A digest of the planning-process report is here, a full version will be soon published on our website www.street4all.org.ua.)
- We very much hope that the engagement of the many citizens who so far participated in the planning-process will be honored by accepting the results. We spend a lot of efforts for motivating all interested citizens to participate in the planning-process and to join the respective meetings (e.g. press-conferences, distribution of flyers in Bandera-Street, street-activities).
- Based on the points of view of the different stakeholder-groups the technical- and design-solutions were elaborated by well educated and experienced experts: Ihor Mohyla, the responsible engineer, graduated at the department for transport-technologies of Lviv Polytechnical University and gathered practical experiance at LvivAvtodor and Institute for Spatial Development. Torben Heinemann, German consultant from Leipzig City Council (our project-partner) is educated as architect and transport-engineer and responsible for street-planning in Leipzig. A+S Ukraine, the company that elaborated the traffic-simulation, is an experienced Ukrainian-German engineering-company. The planning and the simulation are based on a traffic-counting done by the department of transport-technologies of Lviv Polytechnic University.
- Lviv is Lviv and requires its specific solutions. Nevertheless it makes sense to make use out of experience gathered in other cities. Solutions similar to our proposal are successfully practiced for example in Vienna and in Leipzig. We intensively evaluated experience gathered in Leipzig.
- Street-planning is complex, as very different interests have to be satisfied and space is limited. Different solutions are possible and each of them has its pluses and minuses. We intensively discussed different solutions and belive that the one we finally proposed is the most balanced one. Of course different aspects of this solution could be changed, but this always would have an impact on other aspects. Examples: There could be separate lanes for the public transport, but this would as a consequence mean, that there would not be space either for the old trees or for bicycle-lanes. The car-lanes could be covered by cobblestone, but this would either mean noise and vibration or require a speed-limit.
- It is obvious that the old cobblestone has a very high importance in terms of Lviv's identity. At the same time it has a negative impact especially in terms of noise, vibration and road-safety. We belive that it is possible to find design-solutions that express Lviv's identity without covering intensively frequented car-lanes with cobblestone. In a next planning-step we will search for these solutions. This will again happen in public and you are warmely welcome to join.
- We understood that many citizens fear that the old cobblestone could be a subject of corruption. We see the need for a transparent system in which framework the stones could be distributed to other construction-sites in Lviv, where they are needed. We will inititate the development of this kind of system. Your ideas are more than welcome.
- We are always ready to explain the solution proposed for Bandera-Street and the process that has been leading to this solution. In case you want to discuss this subject in your political party, commission, NGO or initiatve, please contact us. We will be happy to join your meeting and to answer your questions.
With kind regards,
City Institute, Street for All-team